Tuesday, September 30, 2014

An Amish Second Christmas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid, and Tricia Goyer

An Amish Second Christmas  
by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid, and Tricia Goyer
 
 
 
 

Book Description
Celebrate Second Christmas, a treasured, lighthearted time of community, with four Amish romance

“When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman

Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.
“Her Christmas Pen Pal” by Ruth Reid
Joy was expecting a wedding proposal from Henry; what she got instead was news of another woman. But when her heartfelt letter to a cousin ends up in the hands of a young cabinetmaker, an unexpected correspondence between two strangers gets interesting fast.
“A Gift for Anne Marie” by Kathleen Fuller
Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.
“The Christmas Aprons” by Tricia Goyer
Vanilla crumb pie has been Esther’s mem’s calling card for decades. But when Esther finally gets her hands on the secret recipe, she discovers that vanilla crumb pie is more than just dessert . . . it’s bachelor bait.



My Review

If you enjoy Amish fiction, this book is a must for you! Written by four well known authors in Amish fiction, I thoroughly entertained in each of these stories. For me, the four short stories worked so well because it takes me so long to read a full size book, I enjoyed reading a story so fast!

Each of these stories have their own unique and difficult situations, and in each the characters were like real, and I felt like I was reading about real people! One of the fun parts of these stories was seeing how each family celebrated Christmas. Though the Amish all have the same tradition, each family's Christmas was unique and interesting. You can read above in the book description about each story, and I highly recommend that you try out this book. One of the best Christmas books so far this year that I have read!

This book was provided by BookLook Bloggers for me to read and review. I was not expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine!
 

About the authors

Beth Wiseman
Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story.
Kathleen Fuller
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including *A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, The Mysteries of Middlefield.
Ruth Reid
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children.
Tricia Goyer
USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband John live in Little Rock, Arkansas where John works for FamilyLife. They have six children.
 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NIV First-Century Study Bible Explore Scripture in Its Jewish and Early Christian Context

NIV First-Century Study Bible
Explore Scripture in Its Jewish and Early Christian Context
 
 


Book Description
Experience the Bible through the eyes of a first-century disciple by exploring the cultural, religious, and historical background of the Bible. This Bible allows you to understand God’s Word in its original cultural context, bringing Scripture to life by providing fresh understanding to familiar passages, beloved stories and all the Scripture in between. The NIV First-Century Study Bible invites you into the questions, stories, and interpretations—both ancient and modern—which introduce you to a world vastly different from your own. Let us read with an eye on the past and with our feet planted in our present questions and circumstances.
Join Kent Dobson as he unpacks the culture of Bible times, and illuminates Scripture passages while asking thoughtful questions along the way. Kent is the teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, where he initially served as the worship director. He has been featured on Biblical programs for the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. Kent fell in love with Biblical studies in Israel and had the privilege of learning from both Jewish and Christian scholars. After his time in Israel, he returned to the States to teach high school religion and Bible before responding to God's call to the pastorate. Today, he keeps his connection to the Holy Land strong as he leads tours to Israel that combine study and prayer, inspired by the ancient discipline of spiritual pilgrimage.


My Review

The NIV First-Century Study Bible has a beautiful cover and is very attractive sitting on the shelves of stores everywhere! I thought this would be a really neat study Bible since it focuses exploring Scripture in its Jewish and early Christian context, but some of the notes, I'm just not sure about. There are a lot of interesting study tools in this Bible, the maps would be very helpful in studying the Early First-Centry, and I really enjoyed the pictures and drawings throughout. But I am just not sure this would be a Bible that I would use in my studies. But each person really needs to make the decision for themselves, so pick up a copy for yourself and see what you think!


I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


About the Editor
Kent Dobson is the teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, where he initially served as the worship director. He has been featured on Biblical programs for the History Channel and the Discovery Channel.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Kent lived and studied in Israel where he earned a Masters Degree in History and Geography of the First Temple Period from Jerusalem University College. He also studied Comparative Religion at the Rothburg International School of the Hebrew University.
Kent fell in love with Biblical studies in Israel and had the privilege of learning from both Jewish and Christian scholars. After his time in Israel, he returned to the States to teach high school religion and Bible before responding to God's call to the pastorate. Today, he keeps his connection to the Holy Land strong as he leads tours to Israel that combine study and prayer, inspired by the ancient discipline of spiritual pilgrimage.
Kent lives is Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife and three children.

 

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  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    Season's of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall

    Season's of Tomorrow

    by Cindy Woodsmall

    Discription of book

    As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming.
    More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Time has helped to heal the wounds of Rhoda’s recent severed relationship, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God’s wisdom for her future. She is happy to be working alongside the King family and the love of her life as they tend and nurture the settlement’s orchard.
    Yet when Leah King’s involvement with Englischer Landon Olson becomes known outside of the Maine community, her disregard of the Ordnung could threaten all the Orchard Bend Amish are building. In the midst of addressing the discord, a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhoda’s peace and the future of everything she holds dear.
    When several members of Orchard Bend Farms are displaced, the estranged King brother is called upon to return. Can those who founded the new Amish community in Maine unite Or will the lingering pain of past hurts and present struggles result in the end of their dreams?



    What I Think


    Jacob has left the Old Order Amish settlement and probably won't return, since his brother and ex-girlfriend are now seeing each other in public. Then there is Leah and the Englischer friend Landon that are in love, and Leah will probably leave the Amish. But not if Leah’s dad has anything to do with it. And then a horrible disaster hits one of the family members, and throws their world unside down, and not one of them knows what to do. This family is so mixed up, its really difficult to see how this author will pull them out of their troubles.

    But she does, in a surprising way. Cindy Woodsmall weaves together this dysfunctional family with all of its many twists and turns, and mostly bad ones, and come up with and ending that will bless everyone. One thing I love about Cindy Woodsmall’s books is that I know they will be a different Amish story with many unique and exciting twists and turns. With everything going on in this forth and last book in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series, I kept getting nervous because I couldn’t see a way for this story to end without everyone falling apart. But yet again, the amazing Ms. Woodsmall so wonderfully weaves all of the dysfunctions of this family and their friends, as well as the many difficult situations they are forced to face, and comes up with an ending that will delight your very being! I love, loved this series and for me, these four books are keepers for me! If you enjoy Amish books, you need to get this one, and the first three books in the series.
    I received this book from Book Look Bloggers for a free review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

    NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible - Experience New Growth and Transformation in Your Spiritual Walk

    NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible

    Experience New Growth and Transformation in Your Spiritual Walk

    Book Description

    Experience New Growth and Transformation in Your Spiritual Walk.

    Are you experiencing a hunger to know God more completely in your life? Do you long for a deeper connection with him? If so, then the NIV Spiritual Renewal Bible - the recipient of the 1999 ECPA Gold Medallion Award - is for you. Using a time-tested process honed over decades of counseling and teaching, Stephen Arterburn employs 7 core principles of spiritual renewal and refreshment, connecting you more closely with God’s Spirit through his Word and helping you to develop the deep, satisfying change you desire in your spiritual life.
    Features:

    66 book introductions focused on the thematic study and spiritual renewal aspects of each Bible book

    Text notes highlight renewal themes as they emerge from the text of the Bible

    Multi-feature character profiles assess how different personalities managed different challenges in their walk with God

    Spiritual keys devotional reading plan: Two cycles (OT and NT) of 49 devotions each lead the reader through 7 keys of spiritual renewal with 7 devotions for each key

    Spiritual disciplines essays that describe the various disciplines of the faith such as prayer, Scripture reading, and others

    Spiritual disciplines profiles: one-page articles that describe how certain characters of the Bible employed the various Spiritual disciplines in their lives.

    What I Think

    You might say, How is this Bible different from any other, and can't I get the same things from reading just any Bible? The answer is Yes! All NIV Bibles are the same, but the difference is, some have devotions, verses pulled out together or highlighted, and other unique things that will help each person with a particular need. The main thing that stuck out to me in this Bible is 'Spiritual keys devotional reading plan: Two cycles (OT and NT) of 49 devotions each lead the reader through 7 keys of spiritual renewal with 7 devotions for each key.' With this special Bible, you can focus on these 7 spiritual keys and the devotions that go with them. Everything you need about each of these keys is right at your fingertips, and ready for you to read and study them. And to answer my questions more clearly, even though all NIV Bibles are the same, in this particular one, you have a different Bible study unique to only this Bible.

    To me, everyone and anyone can benefit from this study. Some of the things may be what you have studied before, but you might just learn something new when you go through this study, just as I did. Check this bible out and consider picking up one for yourself, and maybe a friends. This would be a good Group Study Bible.  I was given a copy of this Bible in exchange for my personal opinion and review. I wasn't required to write a positive review, just my own opinion.

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible ...Experience New Growth and Transformation in Your Spiritual Walk...By Stephen Arterburn

    NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible ...
    Experience New Growth and Transformation in Your Spiritual Walk...
    By Stephen Arterburn


    Book Description


    Experience New Growth and Transformation in Your Spiritual Walk.

    Are you experiencing a hunger to know God more completely in your life? Do you long for a deeper connection with him? If so, then the NIV Spiritual Renewal Bible - the recipient of the 1999 ECPA Gold Medallion Award - is for you. Using a time-tested process honed over decades of counseling and teaching, Stephen Arterburn employs 7 core principles of spiritual renewal and refreshment, connecting you more closely with God’s Spirit through his Word and helping you to develop the deep, satisfying change you desire in your spiritual life.

    Features:

    • 66 book introductions focused on the thematic study and spiritual renewal aspects of each Bible book
    • Text notes highlight renewal themes as they emerge from the text of the Bible
    • Multi-feature character profiles assess how different personalities managed different challenges in their walk with God
    • Spiritual keys devotional reading plan: Two cycles (OT and NT) of 49 devotions each lead the reader through 7 keys of spiritual renewal with 7 devotions for each key
    • Spiritual disciplines essays that describe the various disciplines of the faith such as prayer, Scripture reading, and others
    • Spiritual disciplines profiles: one-page articles that describe how certain characters of the Bible employed the various Spiritual disciplines in their lives.

    My Review



    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way By Stan and Jan Berenstain, with Mike Berenstain

    The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way 
    By Stan and Jan Berenstain, with Mike Berenstain



    Book Description

    Now in a convenient 3 stories in one collection, young readers will learn from the Berenstain Bears just how important it is to serve and love one another. Written in level one of the I Can Read standards, this bind-up of stories from the Berenstain Bears Living Lights I Can Read series is sure to please young, emergent readers as well as parents and grandparents looking for good quality reading that will help practice early reading skills as well as teach lessons about serving and caring for others. Included in this collection are the following titles: Faith Gets Us Through; Have No Fear, God Is Near; Piggy Bank Blessings.

    MY REVIEW

    In this neat book you are getting a triple blessing. This is three stories in one from The Berenstain Bears. In this beautiful hardcover book you are getting, Faith Gets Us Through Have No Fear, God Is Near Piggy Bank Blessings. All three of these books are wonderful for kids because they teach such valuable lessons that all kids need to learn. And they seem to learn better from someone they like and know best, and that is the Bears in the Berenstain family. And one very special thing I love about this book is that the stories are for kids just learning to read. You child will be amazed at how easy and fun it will be to read this book themselves. And for those little ones still learning to read, they will love having these three stories read to them. Check this beautiful book out today!

     I received this book from Book Look Bloggers for a free review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

    The Advocate by Randy Singer

    The Advocate
    by Randy Singer

    Overview

    At the trial of Christ, Theophilus, brilliant young assessore raised in the Roman aristocracy, stands behind Pontius Pilate and whispers, “Offer to release Barabbas.” The strategy backfires, and Theophilus never forgets the sight of an innocent man unjustly suffering the worst of all possible deaths—Roman crucifixion.
    When he returns to Rome, Theophilus must prove himself in the legal ranks of the Roman Empire. He endures the backstabbing intrigue of the treason trials and the attempts of a cruel tyrant to control the woman he loves. But his struggle for revenge leaves a stain on both the empire and his own troubled soul.
    Ultimately, he will face the most notorious Caesar, defending the man Paul in Nero’s deranged court. Can Theophilus mount a defense that will keep another innocent man from execution?
    The Advocate’s first trial altered the course of history. His last will change the fate of an empire.


    MY REVIEW

    I love anything Randy Singer writes and The Advocate is by far my favorite of Mr. Singer's yet. I was intrigued how he takes a man mentioned very little in the Bible, and creates a life for him. Theophilus is a Bible Character I've read and wondered about, but didn't understand his role in the Scriptures until I read this book. And I know being a work of fiction, this is Singer's imagination and creation of this man, during this period in history through the study and research he's done, but I love being able to bring a character to life before our eyes and we read the pages of a book such as this. Reading The Advocate gives a real sense of being in that moment in time, and I can understand reading the Scripture related to this story so much better.

    I have only good things to say about this new book by Randy Singer, and I recommend it highly for you if you like Biblical fiction. A copy of this book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers for me to read and give an honest review. The opinions here are mine, and no one elses.


     I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers for a free review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible from Zondervan and BookLook Bloggers


    NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible

    Grow Your Faith While Growing Your Garden

    Book Description

    God will meet you personally in your garden... and in his. Throughout the Scriptures God has revealed spiritual truth in the language of growing things. This Bible will take you into a deeper relationship with God through the contemplation of soil and soul. The NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible will inspire you to seek God in a personal way through informative essays, devotional readings and prayers that explore the nature of the gardener’s work, the rewards of gardening, the influence of seasons and weather, and the joy of the harvest. In this Bible you will also find botanical-themed pages containing horticultural information for the prominent plants noted in Scripture and landscape-themed pages highlighting the main gardens and regions in which the events in the Bible took place. Draw near to the One whose garden is planted with delight---in you!

    Features: * 260 daily devotions and 52 weekend readings arranged in weekly themes and placed near relevant passages in the text to explore the biblical metaphors of gardens and gardening * Beautiful, durable hardcover * Topical Index (for 52 weeks) * Special sections on the Garden of Eden, the garden of Gethsemane and Jesus the Vine.


    Review   This is a Bible for those who like to garden. The weekly and monthly devotionals were written the gardener in mind. There are special sections about The Garden of Eden, Jesus' Last Supper teaching on the vine, and The Book or Revelations and the urban Gardens. The inside of the Bible has green as the color of the captions and the titles of the devotions, etc. I think anyone who enjoys gardening would enjoy going through this Bible and the series of devotions throughout the Bible. My copy of this Bible is a hard copy, and the dust cover has a neat and pretty picture of flowers, gloves, and other things a gardener would use. And the hard cover front of this Bible has the same neat picture.
    This is a very nice Bible. It is different, I've never seen a Bible with a gardener theme. I highly encourage those who enjoy this theme to pick up a copy of this pretty Bible.
    BookLook Bloggers sent me a copy of this Bible to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
     
     

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Celebrate Recovery Bible Foreward by Rick Warren from Zondervan

    Celebrate Recovery Bible

    Foreward by Rick Warren

    From Zondervan
     
     
     

    Book Description

    This softcover Bible is an ideal, real-life spiritual guide for anyone looking for hope in the face of difficult circumstances and the negative habits they are trying to control. Based on eight recovery principles found in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and on the underlying Christ-centered twelve steps of the proven Celebrate Recovery program, this Bible lifts readers up and shows them how to walk, step by attainable step, on a path of healing and liberty.
    Featuring a foreword by Rick Warren, the NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible offers hope and encouragement to all who feel powerless and stuck. Through developing a relationship with Jesus Christ, readers will be empowered to rise above their hurts, hang-ups, and habits.
    Features:
    • Full text of the world’s most popular modern English Bible—the New International Version (NIV)
    • Articles explain eight recovery principles and accompanying Christ-centered twelve steps
    • Over 110 lessons unpack eight recovery principles in practical terms
    • Recovery stories offer encouragement and hope
    • 30 days of devotional readings
    • Over 50 full-page biblical character studies are tied to stories from real-life people who have found peace and help with their own hurts, hang-ups, and habits
    • Book introductions
    • Side-column reference system keyed to the eight recovery principles
    • Topical index

    My Review

    I choose this Bible to review because I know so many people that have gone through the Celebrate Recovery class, and I know how much my friends have been helped because of Rick Warren and his ministry. This is a beautiful Bible inside and out. The cover has a beautiful picture on it, and the fonts and colors make it all very nice. Inside, the words are in a brown color. This is truly a different kind of study Bible. It was put together with those who have taken this class in mind. Among the special things in this NIV Bible as lessons that unpack the eight recovery principles in practical terms, devotional readings, Bible character studies tied to stories from real-life people who have found heal and peace in their own life. And the most important and the one I found most special is the Recovery Stories of people who have found help while attending Rick Warren's Celebrate Recovery classes.

    There is so much in this special Bible, and it holds a special place in my heart because of the lives changed by this study. Everyone who has taken this Celebrate Recovery class needs a copy of The Celebrate Recovery Bible. I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    From Blogging for Books......I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson

    I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson
     


    A New York Times bestseller, I Quit Sugar is week-by-week guide to quitting sugar to lose weight; boost energy; and improve your looks, mood, and overall health, with 108 sugarfree recipes.
    Sarah Wilson thought of herself as a relatively healthy eater. She didn't realize how much sugar was hidden in her diet, or how much it was affecting her well-being. When she learned that her sugar consumption could be the source of a lifetime of mood swings, fluctuating weight, sleep problems, and thyroid disease, she knew she had to make a change.

    What started as an experiment to eliminate sugar--both the obvious and the hidden kinds--soon became a way of life, and now Sarah shows you how you can quit sugar too:

    * follow a flexible and very doable 8-week plan
    * overcome cravings
    * make food you're excited to eat with these 108 recipes for detox meals, savory snacks, and sweet treats from Sarah Wilson and contributors including Gwyneth Paltrow, Curtis Stone, Dr. Robert Lustig (The Fat Chance Cookbook), Sarma Melngailis (Raw Food/ Real World), Joe "the Juicer" Cross, and Angela Liddon (Oh She Glows)

    I Quit Sugar makes it easy to kick the habit for good, lose weight, and feel better than ever before. When you are nourished with delicious meals and treats, you won't miss the sugar for an instant.

    "When I quit sugar I found wellness and the kind of energy and sparkle I had as a kid. I don't believe in diets or in making eating miserable. This plan and the recipes are designed for lasting wellness." -- Sarah Wilson

    REVIEW.............I thought this was a rather interesting book to read, so I decided to review it. It is interesting, and if you are serious about eating healthy are losing weight, this is a good way to go. I didn't fully stop eating sugar reading this book, but I did check up on it a lot and I did feel better not eating as much. One thing in this book that I wasn't too fond of is using all of the artificial sweeteners, because I am not convinced that they are all that good for you either, so which is better, eating sugar or eating sweeteners that are artificial? I guess that is something you have to figure out for yourself.
    Saying all that, this book does give a good look at what sugar does to your body, gives some good tips and advise about sugar.
    I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part

    NIV Life Journey Bible


    NIV Life Journey Bible
    Find the Answers For Your Whole Life
    Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
     
     

    Book Description


    This Bible is geared for people seeking personal growth, which includes emotional health and wholeness.

    It can be difficult to translate God’s word into an effective plan to stay spiritually healthy, especially as we grow and enter new phases in our lives. The Bible always holds relevant lessons, but sometimes it takes an experienced guide to help you grow, wherever you may be in your life. Doctors Henry Cloud and John Townsend—bestselling authors of How People Grow and the Boundaries series—bring you the NIV Life Journey Bible, the full text of the Bible’s most accessible translation paired with their own acclaimed teachings. This Bible provides invaluable support for personal growth and wholeness.

    Features:

    • 300 insights
    • Excerpts from Cloud and Townsend’s previously published material
    • 40 profiles of biblical figures
    • 66 book introductions
    • Key growth principles in each book of the Bible
    • 20 essays and longer articles about topics such as growth, grief, relationships, etc.


    Review
    My copy of this Bible is a hardcover, very catching with the bright colors. I like this Bible a lot. I really like the introductions to each book of the Bible with basic facts about each book. This is great for me because you can learn a lot about this book just reading this page. There are so many neat things that make this Bible enjoyable. The insights, biblical figures, excerpts from previously published things from Cloud and Townsend, and all of the other things make this Bible a most wonderful study. And if you are like me, you like all kinds of study tools, and this is an amazing one. I highly recommend this edition of the NIV Bible.

    I rec'd this Bible from BookLookBloggers for my review. What is here is my opinions only!

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook: from Thomas Nelson!

    The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook:

    Recipes and Stories to Celebrate the Bounty of the Moment

     
    Product Details

    • File Size: 54652 KB
    • Print Length: 326 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1401605176
    • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 17, 2014)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
    • Language: English

     



    Description of this Cookbook   
    Grab a plate. Pull up a chair. Good company. Great food. No rules. It’s potluck.
      
    When Nancy Vienneau started a casual potluck celebrating good food and goodwill, she had no idea it would be going strong five years later. The ever-changing group of diverse people who attend have one thing in common: a dedication to good food. As a result, every month, a non-scripted parade of seasonally inspired dishes appears—dishes that draw on ingredients from the participants’ own gardens, their neighbors yards, or the farmers’ market. These dishes celebrate their provenance and their history. Roasted tomato goat cheese tart with Tennessee Bradley tomatoes, Me-me’s chocolate cake inherited from a beloved grandmother’s recipe. Chicken baked with fresh plums from a neighbor’s tree. Acorn squash filled with Southern sorghum and pecans. Pimiento cheese made with local farmstead cheddar. Crowder pea salad flecked with Benton’s country ham.
      
    Like a sourdough starter made from flour, yeast, and water, this simple get-together has grown into a lively, rich event full of interesting folks and food. Between these covers you’ll find glorious dishes, heartfelt stories, plus tips and ideas for starting your own community potluck. Did someone say it’s Thursday?


    My Review  This cook book is filled with wonderful recipes that you are sure to love. Are you cooking for a special potluck at your church or for a family reunion and need something different you want to cook? You will sure find it here in this new cookbook complied together by Nancy Viennear!
    Not only will you enjoy the mouthwatering recipes, you will love the stories that go with the foods here, and they sure know how to tell a good old country story, and they know how to cook! We have our own garden to it will be fun for me to change the names of these recipes to my own name and have a special creation for my family to enjoy!

    This cookbook is beautiful inside and out! If you are a cookbook buff, don't this one from Thomas Nelson Publishers. The opinions here are my own. I rec'd a free copy of this book for my review.

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes


    A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes


     

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    Book Description

    Society is concerned about her honor, but Elizabeth must realize her worth doesn't lie in her inheritance.

    In order to avoid a forced marriage to a dangerous man, Elizabeth Trelawney flees London. An unexpected stranger arrives to help her, and as they elude her pursuers across Cornwall in the night, Elizabeth realizes her rescuer, Rouan Curnow, is familiar.

    Their differences in social status kept Rouan from pursuing a courtship with the lady his heart wouldn't let him forget. Now because of dangerous smugglers and local murders, the two are plunged into a reckless alliance that rattles Rouan's fledgling faith in God.

    The closer they get to Bastian Point-Elizabeth's true home-the more she realizes it is the only place she longs to be. Even the sight of its solid structure perched on the cliffs makes her feel safe. Elizabeth is the most likely to inherit Bastian Point if Grandfather never learns she spent the night, however innocently, with a near stranger.

    As spring warms into summer, Elizabeth finds herself torn between wanting to be the perfect grandchild and her growing love for a man of whom no one will approve as a match for her, a man she knows she shouldn't entirely trust. Unsure whether she is being foolish or following the right path, she sets out with Rouan on a quest to find the true culprit behind the local violence.

    Their quest leads them to danger, and she must choose whether to follow the man she loves or cling to the safety of her family home.
     
    My Review,,,,,,,  
    This is an interesting and well written historical romance from author Laurie Eakes! The characters are well created and established, and believable. The historical details throughout the book are so vividly described that it felt just like being there in the story! Elizabeth Trelawny had her share of troubles and difficult situations but the author so beautifully weaves the situations, the romance, the mystery together to make a most enjoyable and interesting read! If you are wanting a delightful read for the summer, A Lady's Honor is one that you need to check out!

    I rec'd this book from Thomas Nelson through their blogging program, BookLookBloggers to read and review. This review is my opinion only.

    Sunday, May 18, 2014

    The Advocate by Randy Singer

     
    The Advocate......by Randy Singer
     
     
     
    Book Description.....At the trial of Christ, Theophilus, brilliant young assessore raised in the Roman aristocracy, stands behind Pontius Pilate and whispers, “Offer to release Barabbas.” The strategy backfires, and Theophilus never forgets the sight of an innocent man unjustly suffering the worst of all possible deaths—Roman crucifixion.

    Three decades later, Theophilus has proven himself in the legal ranks of the Roman Empire. He has survived the insane rule of Caligula and has weathered the cruel tyrant’s quest to control the woman he loves. He has endured the mindless violence of the gladiator games and the backstabbing intrigue of the treason trials.

    Now he must face another evil Caesar, defending the man Paul in Nero’s deranged court. Can Theophilus mount a defense that will keep another innocent man from execution?

    The advocate’s first trial altered the course of history. His last will change the fate of an empire.
     
    M Review.....coming soon!
     

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    Mark of Evil By Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall

    Mark of Evil

    By Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall

    Book Description
    Economies have fallen, freedom has been suppressed, and peace is a distant memory. The world is falling apart. Joshua Jordan’s protégé Ethan March, along with Jimmy Louder and Rivka Reuban have been left behind in a world that is rapidly coming under the complete influence of the Antichrist.

    Technology is growing by leaps and bounds, with BID-Tag implants, robotic police units, and drone-bots flying overhead . . . all designed to control and dominate those who resist the Antichrist’s reign of evil. As Biblical prophecy is fulfilled each new day, Ethan and the others in the Remnant struggle to eat, to procure necessary goods, and to avoid the Global Alliance---in short, to survive.

    But when the forces of evil attempt to pervert the world’s most powerful information system to their own sinister ends, eliminating everyone who gets in their way, it’s up to Ethan and the Remnant to subvert their dark ambitions. From New York Times best-selling author Tim LaHaye, creator and co-author of the world-renowned Left Behind books, and Craig Parshall, Mark of Evil is the final thrilling chapter in The End series.

    With high-tech thrills against a background of prophetic events that seem to leap from today’s news, this is the story of global tribulations bringing the world one step closer to the reign of the Antichrist and the return of Jesus Christ in glory.

    Review

    The end of the world is here, and people disappeared all around, and those who had not accepted the Lord was left behind to a world or destruction. Through this fiction story, the author give readers an insight of what they would may be like when Christ comes back to earth like he promises. This book is full of adventure and thrills. It is a Christian fiction, but if you like science fiction, and thrillers, you will love this book. Mark of Evil will have you setting on the edge of your seats. This series is a lot like The Left Behind Series written years ago by Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jerkins, so if you have read those, you have an idea of what Mark of Evil is. And this is the forth book in this series, so it is better if you go back and read the first three before you read this one so you can understand what is going on.

    I received this book from the Booksneeze to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

    Gabriel's Bride by Amy Lillard

    Gabriel's Bride

    by Amy Lillard



    DISCRIPTION....Yoder has two choices: marry Gabriel Fisher or move to Ohio. As an orphan, Rachel doesn’t have much to offer; any match she can make will be a good one. She just didn’t plan on Gabriel with his big hands and permanent frown. As a widower Gabriel needs help caring for the farm and his six children. But he never thought he’d marry a slip of a girl who barely reaches his chin. Yet as time passes, Gabriel finds himself thinking about a real marriage. They have spoken vows to God and each other, but can he risk his heart with Rachel?
    Read the first chapter of Gabriel's Bride  HERE.


    My Review
    Wow I think this is my favorite book in the Clover Ridge Series, of course that's what I said about each of the others when I read them! Amy Lillard was on my 'Favorite Author's' list  when I read the first book in this series, Katie's Choice.
    After her aunt's death, Rachel needed a place to stay, and Gabriel needed a housekeeper, so taking Gabriel up on his offer to move in with his family should solve both of their problems, right? Well it did until the elders of the Amish church starts hearing the gossip from the Amish grapevine, and Gabriel never thought he would marry a tiny someone like Rachel.
    I was so into this story! Both Rachel and Gabriel were living a life of hurts from the past. Rachel losing her family in an accident, and Gabriel dealing with losing his wife while trying to work the farm and raising their six kids. I felt so sorry for Rachel because I  would be just like her if I had to cook, clean, and do laundry for six guys! As well as trying to keep up with everything else Amish women were required to do. There were so many things happening, with some of the boys trying to run Rachel away, and Rachel and Gideon and their attraction for each other, which couldn't happen! It seemed everything was against them.  But that is all I am going to tell you, because you need to find out the outcome of this dysfunctional family for yourself. And you will experience a wonderful, exciting, and entertaining time of enjoyable reading! I love, love Amy Lillard, and will keep all three books in this series so I can read it again! I encourage you to run out and grab a copy of this book, or run to the computer and order online! You will sure not be disappointed!
    I received this book from CFBA and B&H Books to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
    I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.
    I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!
    I love homemade tacos, shoes, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.
    I believe that God is love. I guess that’s why I adore romances.
    I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I’m a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that’s me June Cleaver with a laptop.
    I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twilight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)
    Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s.

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    Stranger Things by Erin Healy

    Stranger Things

    by Erin Healy


    Book Description


    In the burnt-out hollow, a house of dark secrets and an eerie beauty beckon.

    Serena Diaz’s life is imploding. A troubled student has accused the young biology teacher of sexual misconduct, cutting off her promising career just as it was starting to blossom. But that’s just the beginning of Serena’s problems.

    When a therapeutic walk in the woods leads her to a ruined house overtaken by criminals, Serena is assaulted and finds herself witness to the senseless murder of the one man who tries to help her.

    Hurled into a world of false accusations and hounded by the press, Serena must confront evil itself to unravel the mysterious visions—and terrifying danger—that pursue her. But she can’t ignore the most haunting question: Why would a mysterious stranger give his life to save hers?

    The answer, if she can find it, will point the way to her freedom from evil men in a lascivious trade.

    My Review  

    I love suspense thriller, and this is just what Stranger Things is. Though sometimes it was difficult to read some of the scenes in this book because author Erin Healy deals with horrific situations with human trafficking. Serena's life seems to be going well, until she stumbles upon and old abandon house, and learns that her boyfriends is not who she thought he was. As well as finding out about a sex trafficking ring happening right in her community.
    There is a lot going on in this book, a lot of twists and turn happening to keep you glued to the pages. You are sure to find Stranger Things difficult to put down once you start reading it. I was amazed at some of the truth the author tells in the author notes, that sex trafficking, also known as human trafficking is the third place in the fastest growing illegal industries in the world, behind drugs and weapons. We definitely need to pray for all of those involved in these horrible situations. I highly recommend this book to everyone, because though this is fiction, it enlightens people of what is going on in the read world today.
     I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson through their Booksneeze review program to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

    The Global War on Christians by Jeffrey L Alle

    The Global War on Christians

    Description
    One of the most respected journalists in the United States and the bestselling author of The Future Church uses his unparalleled knowledge of world affairs and religious insight to investigate the troubling worldwide persecution of Christians.

    From Iraq and Egypt to Sudan and Nigeria, from Indonesia to the Indian subcontinent, Christians in the early 21st century are the world's most persecuted religious group. According to the secular International Society for Human Rights, 80 percent of violations of religious freedom in the world today are directed against Christians. In effect, our era is witnessing the rise of a new generation of martyrs. Underlying the global war on Christians is the demographic reality that more than two-thirds of the world's 2.3 billion Christians now live outside the West, often as a beleaguered minority up against a hostile majority-- whether it's Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia, Hindu radicalism in India, or state-imposed atheism in China and North Korea. In Europe and North America, Christians face political and legal challenges to religious freedom. Allen exposes the deadly threats and offers investigative insight into what is and can be done to stop these atrocities.

    “This book is about the most dramatic religion story of the early 21st century, yet one that most people in the West have little idea is even happening: The global war on Christians,” writes John Allen. “We’re not talking about a metaphorical ‘war on religion’ in Europe and the United States, fought on symbolic terrain such as whether it’s okay to erect a nativity set on the courthouse steps, but a rising tide of legal oppression, social harassment and direct physical violence, with Christians as its leading victims. However counter-intuitive it may seem in light of popular stereotypes of Christianity as a powerful and sometimes oppressive social force, Christians today indisputably form the most persecuted religious body on the planet, and too often its new martyrs suffer in silence.”

    This book looks to shatter that silence.

    MY Review.... This was an interesting  book to read and review. As Christians, we are not fully aware of what is going on in the world, and The Global War on Christians enlightens Christians. It was difficult to read about what goes on with other Christians because of their faith in the Lord. In a world that is suppose to be free speech, it is horrible that Christians can't speak about what they believe. John L. Allen Jr. takes us to China, Africa, The Middle East, and many other countries and a informs the world what is taking place with those who Trust in God, and are not afraid to tell about their faith. This is a book well worth your read. I can never do justice explaining what Allen is saying in his book, so I recommend that you read it for yourself, and see for yourself first hand what this author is saying.

    I received this book from the publisher Waterbrook through their Blogging For Books review program to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

    Cloak of Light by Chuck Black




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    Cloak of Light

     by Chuck Black


     From Waterbrook Press

    About This Book----Drewis caught in a world of light - just inches away from the dark


    What if...there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if...our world wasn’t beyond their influence?

    Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.

    As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist?

    With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?
     
    See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=226912#sthash.RmCfFK16.dpuf

     
    Review-----I really like Christian fantasy, and this is one good read! The characters were very well thought out while creating them. The plot is so captivating that I was glued to the book until I finished reading it. Drew was and interesting character, and he sure had his share of difficult situations. Drew looses his sight when he saw something that he didn’t understand, freaking his co-student out at the time! But eventually his sight comes back, and what he sees would change his life. It is all hard to explain here, you just need to get a copy of the book to read. Cloak of the Light is the book, and the author is Chuck Black. For you fantasy fans out there, you need to read this book. You may just like it as much as I did. This is not all from Chuck Black. Stay tuned for more in this series.

     
    I received this book from the publisher Waterbrook through their Blogging For Books review program to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    The Captive Maiden By Melanie Dickerson

    The Captive Maiden

    By Melanie Dickerson 

    Published by Zondervan

     

    Book Description

    Happily Ever After …Or Happily Nevermore?
    Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke’s son, Valten---the boy she has daydreamed about for years---is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.

     

    BOOK REVIEW


    The Captive Maiden   By Melanie Dickerson 


     


    Though this is the first book I’ve read of Melanie Dickerson’s fairytales retellings, I have read many of Melanie’s books and love those I have read!


    The Captive Maiden is awesome! I have always loved Cinderella, and to read Ms. Dickerson’s version was so very special. I will never get tired of the Cinderella story, and now I am so glad to have a ‘grown up’ version of it.


    Melanie Dickerson writes a wonderful story with characters that I immediately fell in love with. And the story is so well written and captivating, that I didn’t want to it to end! And one more thing, the cover is just plain beautiful! Actually the cover is what drew me to the book, even before I found out who the author was. With a cover as awesome as this, the book can be nothing but good!! I love it, and you will too when you read your copy!


    I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson through their blogging program, BookSneeze, to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    Abingdon Press Presents..A Simple Amish Christmas......by Vannetta Chapman

    Abingdon Press Presents..

    A Simple Amish Christmas

    by Vannetta Chapman

    This book is part of a Christmas Blog Tour sponsored by Abingdon Press. Stay Tuned for more awesome Christmas books
    in the next two weeks!

    a simple amish christmas
    About this book
    Will Annie find acceptance in the Amish community she left behind?
    Annie Weaver always planned to return home, but the 20-year old RN has lived in Philadelphia for three years now. As her time of rumschpringe is about to come to an abrupt end, bringing for Annie an overwhelming sense of loneliness. She returns home and finds herself face-to-face with a budding romance with an Amish farmer and Annie has several important choices to make.
    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
    Annie Weave's rumspringa comes to an end when she is needed at home to take care of her dad. Having a nursing degree, and working in a hospital gives her the knowledge she needs to take very good care of her dad. But then there is Samuel, who has been taking care of the medical conditions for the people in their little Amish community, so Annie doesn't want him to know she is probably more qualified that he is. Does Samuel realize that Annie has grown up while away? Or is he still looking at her to be the young person she was when she left home?
    I love Amish, and I love Christmas stories, and I love Vannetta Chapman, so I knew this book had to be awesome! And it was every bit as awesome as I thought it would be. Not only was the holiday's near, the Weaver family has their normal life to take care of, as well as their dad not able to help. As the family and community pulls together to take care of the Weaver household, Samuel and Annie have their difficulties. And with all of these problems in this Amish house, this book was one I couldn't put down. I had to know what would happen to Annie's dad, if Annie would reveal to Samuel her medical knowledge, and I certainly wanted to know how the relationship between Annie and Samuel would go. So I pretty much read this book in one setting, reading much of the night! 
    I just know you will love this Weaver Amish family and everything that is involved in taking care of them. I really encourage you to pick up a copy of this heartwarming Christmas book for a few hours of joyful entertainment!
    I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

     

    About the Author

    Vannetta Chapman

    Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a multi-award winning member of Romance Writers of America and holds a B.A. and M.A. in English. She currently teaches in the Texas hill country, where she lives with her husband in the city of Austin. Visit her on the web at VannettaChapman.com.